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Release: Nov. 26, 2001

Fox to speak about Cold War cultural policies and visual art Nov. 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- During the Cold War the U.S. Department of State and supranational organizations such as the Organization of American States supported select international art movements. In Latin America, the policies of these organizations supported a shift away from artistic currents such as muralism and indigenism and toward various types of abstraction.

Claire Fox, an associate professor of English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will speak about the effects of these policies in her presentation, "Cold War Cultural Policy and the Latin American Visual Arts," on Friday, Nov. 30 at 4 p.m. in 704 Jefferson Building. The informal lecture is based on her current research and will focus on the visual arts, in particular the works of Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas.

Fox earned the Ph.D. at the UI in 1995 and returned as a faculty member this fall. Her teaching and research interests include inter-American cultural studies, Mexican and U.S.-Mexican border arts and culture, visual culture studies, and cultural policy studies. She is the author of "The Fence and the River: Culture and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border" (University of Minnesota Press, 1999), and her essays have appeared in Iris, Discourse, Social Text, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, and Studies in Twentieth Century Literature. She is currently working on a book about hemispheric cultural policy and art criticism during the Cold War period.

This lecture is part of the Floating Fridays series sponsored by the American studies department.